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To specify or set aside for a particular purpose

You can donate to the organization as a whole, or you can earmark your contribution for a particular project.

A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal intended to indicate ownership
The designation of specific projects in appropriations for general programs
give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
{f} set aside, designate for a special purpose (i.e. money); mark with an earmark
If something has been earmarked for closure or disposal, for example, people have decided that it will be closed or got rid of. Their support meant that he was not forced to sell the business which was earmarked for disposal last year. to decide that something will be used for a particular purpose or have something done to it in the future earmark sb/sth for sth
To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear
A specific congressional designation of the way money is to be spent
If resources such as money are earmarked for a particular purpose, they are reserved for that purpose. the extra money being earmarked for the new projects The education department has earmarked £6m for the new school Some of the money has been earmarked to pay for the re-settlement of people from contaminated areas. = set aside
To specify funds for a particular purpose
a distinctive characteristic or attribute
Blocking securities from being used for other purposes
A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark
To set aside funds for a specific purpose, use, or recipient Generally speaking, virtually every appropriation is earmarked, and so are certain revenue sources credited to trust funds In common usage, however, the term is often applied as an epithet for funds set aside for such purposes as research projects, demonstration projects, parks, laboratories, academic grants, and contracts in particular congressional districts or states or for certain specified universities or other organizations
A federal budgetary term that refers to the specific designation by Congress that part of a more general lump-sum appropriation be used for a particular project; the earmark can be designated as a minimum and/or maximum dollar amount
A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc
{i} mark on an animal's ear showing ownership
the term used when a position has been designated for restudy when vacant to determine its proper classification before being refilled
identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
as by cropping or slitting
past of earmark
{s} designated, specified; marked; marked with an earmark
present participle of earmark
third-person singular of earmark